Category: Rev. Funke Ewuosho

Entering Your Season of All Round Rest Pt.1 [Study extract from message]- Rev. Funke Ewuosho

“And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel. Then the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around”. 2 Chronicles 20:29-30 (NKJV)

In the story of Jehoshaphat, the Bible says that when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries. Hallelujah! Verse 30 says then the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, because his God gave him rest all around.

The NIV translation says, ‘and the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace for his God had given him rest on every side’. God will give you rest on every side. There will be nothing that will make you to be agitated, to be disturbed. There will be quiet, there will be peace, because the Lord has given you rest all around, In Jesus’ mighty Name. 

 In Judges 13, when the prophetic word came to Samson’s mother that she was going to have a baby and that the baby was going to be a Nazarite, Samson’s mother informed her husband (Manoah). When Manoah heard what had happened, he prayed to God to let that angel come back again so he could guide them on what they were required to do to raise him well. 

 The Bible says the angel returned and he gave them guidance on how to raise Samson. There is always something for you to do for you to enter into rest. Praise the Lord. There is nothing in God that is automatic. Some people say, “well, if God said it, then it should just happen”. Instead, you must ask yourself; how can I participate? What should I do?

The first thing is to know is that it is God’s will for you to have rest. You must establish the fact that it is God’s will for you to have rest for you to come into the place of resting. Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV) ”Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  God wants to give you rest. Amen.

Anxiety and rest do not mix; therefore, you need to deal with anxiety. 1 peter 5:7 (AMP) says, ”casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]”.  All your anxieties, all your worries, cast them on the Lord, so that you are carefree. If He has your cares, you do not have them. If you have them, He does not have them. So, make your choice. 

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Understanding Spiritual Warfare Pt.2 – Rev. Funke Ewuosho (study extract from message).

”Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world”. 1 Peter 5:8-9(NKJV)

The very first thing to note is that you have an enemy; the devil. The enemy is not your friend, he is not your spouse or your brother. Usually, people are confused about who their enemy is because the same way God can use you, is the same way the devil also uses people. Sometimes people are used of the devil without them knowing that the enemy is using them. That is why we should be very tolerant and forbearing. 

It’s not everybody that’s a willing and conscious agent of the devil. For instance, you may have had a very bad day and  you’re feeling low, and throughout the day the enemy might have been pounding you with bad thoughts of you’re not good enough; etc. Then as you walked into a room, the first person that saw you says, my God, you look washed out; What would that do to you? It would make you feel worse, right?

Question: Did the person know what the enemy was saying to you the whole day?  

Of course not, but the enemy used them to make you feel even worse about yourself. It is therefore important to note that while the person did not want to be intrusive or invasive, it has affected you in the wrong way. That is why we do not wrestle against flesh and blood. We  should be merciful, compassionate, and gracious to people.

Even conscious agents of the devil, like the wizards and sorcerers are also deceived. Even though they act like they are conscious of what they are doing. The god of this age has blinded their minds and told them that they are the second in command to the him or promised them a rank.

The amplified bible says; ”Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone.]” 1 Peter 5:8-9 AMP 

John 10:10 says ”The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”.   

Jesus is not the thief, the devil is the thief and they are not pursuing the same agenda. They are not drawn from the same ministry. Praise the Lord Jesus. 

The devil once told me when I was sick that God wanted to take me home. But I told him, God doesn’t need sickness to bring me home. In Hebrews 11:5 the Bible says ”By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”. Which of the patriarchs went home with sickness and disease? Do not allow the devil to steal from you.

God said, if anyone attacks you it is not by His doing, He is not the one behind it. He said, ‘I will not put on you any of the diseases that I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord that heals you”. God is not the one putting sickness on you. He is the one healing you. Jesus went about doing good, healing all those who were oppressed of the devil, for God was with him. You see, these are basic things. They are fundamental things and we must settle these basic things in our minds. Do not allow the devil to steal from you.

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Your Sense of Value is Rooted in Your Identity – Rev. Funke Ewuosho

SPIRITUAL IDENTITY  

Your sense of value is rooted in your identity. This is true naturally and spiritually. Whether you’re dealing with poor self-esteem, a poverty mentality, or an abundance mentality, it is all rooted in your identity. For instance, it would be hard for Prince Charles to struggle with a poverty mentality because of his identity as a royal.  So, when you’re looking at whatever thing you’re struggling with, it can be traced back to your identity. We all come from different backgrounds, we didn’t choose our parents or the family into which we were born or even the circumstances in which we were born.  But we can choose Christ. Praise the Lord! We can all embrace a spiritual identity. In Christ, we are all on a level playing field. Hallelujah!  

Who are you? In the bible we see how Moses identified with his natural identity when God called him to go to Pharoah – he saw himself as a stammerer. Gideon also identified with his natural identity when he said he said that his clan was the weakest and poorest, and that he was not eloquent.    

Who does God say you are? Look at John the Baptist in John 1:19-23; when he was asked who he was, he said in verse 23, ”I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord”. That was his spiritual identity. He located himself in the Word of God. He located himself in the plans of God for his life.  

John 1:19-23: Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ. “And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.”  Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” He said: “I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the Lord,” ’as the prophet Isaiah said.” 

In Romans 11:13, Apostle Paul said “For I speak to you Gentiles; in as much as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry.”  Furthermore, in all the letters Paul wrote (except his epistle to the Philippians, Philemon and the First and Second Thessalonians) he would refer to himself as an Apostle. He took his office very seriously, so we must know our spiritual identity. 

2 Corinthians 5:16 –18 (NKJV). “Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 

A lot of people want to tie us to our natural identity. The enemy wants to keep pulling us back and binding us to our natural identity. And unfortunately, for most of us, we are only conscious of our natural identity. Yet it is no match when it comes to spiritual warfare. We can’t go into spiritual warfare with our natural identity.  This explains why when it comes to sin being unravelled and uncovered, we usually wonder how somebody of a ‘high level’ could be caught in a sinful act. Our natural identity is no match when it comes to sin because the flesh is weak.  

If any man be in Christ he is a new creation, old things have passed away (2 Corinthians 5:17). The New Living Translation says that we are to stop evaluating others from a human point of view. 

I pray that we will be delivered in Jesus’ Name, May we stop evaluating ourselves and others from a human point of view.  

 

 

HANDLING FINANCIAL CRISIS

“Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22

God promised to make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert (Isaiah 43:19). With every trial, God will always make a way of escape for His people. God doesn’t want His people to suffer with the world. After Elijah declared that there was going to be a famine as a result of God’s judgment, he was told to go to brook Cherith, where he was fed. (1 Kings 17:2-3). And even when the brook dried up, Elijah was sent to Zarephath to be sustained by a widow. Elijah, the widow and her household were sustained throughout the famine – the bin of flour was not used up nor did the jar of oil run dry until the famine was over! In times of financial crisis or recession, we are not meant to panic like the people of the world. Jesus said men’s hearts will fail them from fear and expectation of those things which are coming on the earth. (Luke 21:26).

God does not want us to be moved by the things happening around us. He said He will shake the heavens and the earth, indicating the removal of things that can be shaken, so that the things which cannot be shaken (i.e. the Kingdom of God) may remain (Hebrews 12:26-29). Every man- made thing, helpful as it may be while it lasts, will be shaken; only the Kingdom of God, and everything established on it will remain unshaken. Our faith should, therefore, not rest on the wisdom of men but on the power of God! (1 Corinthians 2:5).

God is our source. It is He that gives us the power to get wealth.

WHAT ARE THE REWARDS OF SEEKING GOD?

The Rewards of Seeking God

Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) says, “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” God has a reward system! He is not calling us to labour in vain. In this life-changing message, Rev. Funke Ewuosho shares what the rewards are for seeking God; when to seek God; and how to seek God. When we seek Him with all our hearts, we will find Him.

7 REWARDS OF SEEKING GOD…

Which one sticks out to you the most?

  1. When you seek God you will find Him (Genesis 15:1)
  2. You experience God’s presence (Psalm 27:9)
  3. You receive answers to your prayers (Luke 1:13-14)
  4. You walk in provision (Psalm 34:10)
  5. You walk in blessings (Psalm 119:2)
  6. You have hope (Lamentations 3:26)
  7. You walk in understanding and insights (Psalm 73:1-17)

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the rewards of seeking God - Rev. Funke Ewuosho

 

Why We Should Not Accept Sickness and Disease

Healing

Have you accepted sickness and disease as your portion in life? Have you struggled to maintain your faith during trying times? Sickness and disease was never a part of God’s plan. Rev. Funke shares with us: why we should not accept it; why healing belongs to us; what to do when we need healing; how to live a healthy life; and how to get and maintain our healing. After listening to this message pack, you will be armed with the truth from God’s Word, and strengthened to rise up and take back your divine health. Get the pack and start your journey to enjoying divine healing!

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10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NOT ACCEPT SICKNESS AND DISEASE:

  1. God wants you well.  Read Psalm 103
  2. Sickness was not part of God’s plan. Read Romans 8
  3. They are evil. Read Mark 5:34
  4. Sickness is a curse of the law. Read Deuteronomy 28
  5. Healing is part of the atonement. Read Isaiah 53
  6. Healing is your inheritance. Read Romans 8:16
  7. Healing is God’s covenant to you. Read Exodus 15:26, and 23:25-26
  8. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Read 1 Corinthians 6:19-21
  9. Sickness and disease do not glorify God. Read Acts 3:8-9
  10. God needs you healthy. Read 2 Corinthians 5:1

 

By Rev. Funke Ewuosho

 

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WHAT DO WE DO TO SHINE?

[Continued from ‘It’s Your Time to Shine’ article]

 

 

What then must we do to shine?

i. Arise!

The first thing to do is to arise. Our text says, ‘Arise, shine…’. Note it didn’t say, ‘Arise and shine’! Which implies that arising goes hand-in-glove with shining! Jesus said, a city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

It is our responsibility to arise. We are the ones to let our light so shine for all to see, that they may glorify our Father in heaven (Matt.5:14-16).

Nothing happens until we arise; and things won’t change until we arise. Deborah said, “the highways were deserted, and the travelers walked along the byways. Village life ceased, it ceased in Israel, Until I, Deborah, arose, Arose a mother in Israel” (Judge 5:6-7).

We must arise; “Those from among you shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In” (Isa. 58:12)

ii. Maintain a vital connection to God

The Bible is full of the stories of people who ‘shined’ in their generation as a direct result of their connection to God! Jesus said, we can’t be fruitful, unless we remain vitally united with Him (John 15:4). The Bible says, “the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits” (Dan. 11:32c).

Daniel purposed in his heart, not to defile himself with the king’s delicacies and wine because of his relationship with God. And when he and his three friends were tested at the end of ten days, they looked healthier and better nourished than all their colleagues who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies. Not only that, when the King interviewed them at the end of their training period, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers in all his kingdom (Dan. 1:19-20)!

Remember, the earth and the people shall be covered in deep darkness; “but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you”. 

Darkness also represents ignorance, confusion, etc. That was the case when king Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and didn’t know what it meant! When he demanded that his astrologers tell him the dream and its interpretation, they told the king it was humanly impossible (Daniel 2:10c). That was the time for Daniel and his friends to shine! 

Darkness and light are opposites; light represents knowledge. The king commanded that all the wise men in Babylon be destroyed. Daniel and his friends would have perished with the others; but when they prayed, God revealed the secret to Daniel in a night vision (Daniel 2:14-19).

The Bible says, “The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant” (Ps. 25:14). Job talked of the days of his youth – “When His candle shined upon my head, and when by His light I walked through darkness;…when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle…” (Job 29:2-4 KJV).

It was Joseph’s time to shine when Pharaoh had two dreams and no one could interpret them! God gave Joseph the interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams, and Joseph’s advice was well received by Pharaoh (and all his officials) and he set Joseph over all Egypt. The man who delights and meditates in God’s Word, “shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” (Ps. 1:3).

iii. Live by Faith

“For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7 ). The NLT version says, “For we live by believing and not by seeing”. A person who lives by faith, doesn’t live by what they see in the natural or physical realm! Faith deals with the unseen realm; it is the evidence of things not seen (Heb. 11:1c). Faith calls the things that don’t exist (physically), as though they did (Rom. 4:17). Why? Because, “the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3c).

Darkness covers the earth and the people; and if you would shine, you’ve got to be different! You can’t afford to listen to what everybody is listening to, say what they are saying, or respond to things the same way they do. “When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up” (Job 22:29a KJV). Isaiah said, “This is what the Lord says to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people: “Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it” (Isa. 8:11-12 NIV).

The Bible says that the worlds were framed by the Word of God (Heb.11:3a); so, learn to speak His Word. Jesus said you shall have what you say (Mark 11:23); so, if you keep saying what you have presently (in the physical), that is what you’re going to have! Start saying what God says you have and you will have it. You have redemption and forgiveness, through the blood of Jesus (Col. 1:13); you have obtained an inheritance in Christ (Eph. 1:11); by the stripes of Jesus you have been healed (1 Pet. 2:24); you have overcome satan by the blood of the Lamb (Rev. 12:11); you have been given all the things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3); you have overcome the world (1 John 5:4-5); etc. Start saying who the Bible says you are – note that you are (not will be) the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:21); more than a conqueror (Rom.8:37); the redeemed of the Lord (Ps. 107:2); the head and not the tail (Deut. 28:13); blessed beyond the curse (Num.23:20); etc.

iv. Live by the Spirit

These aren’t the days that we live like ordinary people; because the greatest Force in the universe lives inside of us- the Holy Spirit!

He isn’t only with us; but also in us and where need be, He would come UPON us to accomplish whatever needs to be accomplished. Jesus calls Him the Helper; so He is here to help us. He is also called, “The Spirit of wisdom and understanding…of counsel and might…of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord” (Isa. 11:1-2). So we can draw on any of these dimensions of the Holy Spirit, whenever it is needed. When Joseph was called upon to interpret Pharaoh’s dream; he answered, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace” (Gen. 41:16c).

Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, by the Spirit of God. He also gave counsel as to what Pharaoh should do in the seven years of abundance, to prevent hardship in the seven years of severe famine that would follow. He operated by the spiritual gifts of the Word of knowledge and the Word of wisdom!

Daniel also operated by these gifts, when he supernaturally told the king’s dream and its interpretation. It was a humanly impossible thing to do. Nebuchadnezzar’s wise men said, “There is not a man on earth who can tell the king’s matter; therefore no king, lord, or ruler has ever asked such things of any magician, astrologer, or Chaldean. It is a difficult thing that the king requests, and there is no other who can tell it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh” (Dan. 2:10c-11). The Bible says the gifts of the Holy Spirit- the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healings, the working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, different kinds of tongues, the interpretation of tongues – are distributed to each member of the Body, for the profit of all (1 Cor. 12:7-11). Note that the gifts are manifested through and by the Spirit, and not through the human flesh, reasoning or ability!

v. Walk in Love

We can’t talk about shining, without talking about the need to walk in love. (Read 1 John 2:9-11).

We’ve talked about living by faith, but the Bible says Faith works by love (Gal. 5:6c)! We must, however, understand how love works. Love is a commandment; it’s not an advice or a suggestion from God! It is the greatest commandment (Matt. 22:36-40). That is, it isn’t subject to our feeling, convenience, person preference or opinion. Like faith, love is of the heart, and not of the head- the Bible says that the love of God has been shed in our heart! Love isn’t selective in its operations; we must love everyone. (Read 1 John 3:14-19). It is also a test of our genuine salvation and discipleship; By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).

Love isn’t a feeling, it’s about actions flowing from a genuine heart. The Bible talks about ‘having’ love (and not ‘feeling’ love) for one another (John 13:35)! God’s love is practical; He so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. Jesus commanded us to love one another AS HE HAS LOVED us. (John 15:12). And how has He loved us? By laying down His life for us. “And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:14-18).

vi. Maintain Fellowship With Others

There is a need to be in fellowship with other believers. Daniel had his three friends. Though the Bible says, Daniel purposed in his heart not to defile himself, a close study would show that he wasn’t alone in this. The four men were together on abstaining from the king’s delicacies and wine and ate just vegetables (Dan. 1:8-16)! When the decree went out for all the wise men in Babylon to be killed, Daniel didn’t seek God concerning the matter on his own. The Bible says, he got his three companions involved and the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision (Dan. 2:16-19). The days of ‘one man show’ are over! Another word for fellowship is partnership. In order to shine, you must know how to work in partnership and collaboration with others. Nobody has it all made; there are people who have what you need, to make up for what you have. As Jesus stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, He needed a boat to preach from to the multitudes. He had the crowd and the message, but didn’t have a boat; so He got into Peter’s boat. That was partnership there! When He was done, Jesus told Peter to let down his nets for a catch. Don’t forget that before now Peter had given up on catching any fish – they had washed and hung up their nets. The Bible says when they did as Jesus said, they caught so much fish that their net began to break; “So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink” Luke 5:7.

Sometimes we need others to spur us on, motivate and encourage us, even what we know we should be doing. Sometimes we get the inspiration we need from others. The Bible says, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend” (Proverbs 27:17 NLT). If you’re going to shine, you’re going to have to learn from others, rub minds with others, exchange ideas, etc. “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Heb. 10:24-25). Your company is where you run to when the enemy has thrown all kinds of stuff at you, to pull you down, to discourage and stop you. After the miracle of healing the man at the Gate Beautiful, the religious leaders got Peter and John arrested and detained till the next day. After their release, they went to their own company and reported to them all the warnings and threats of the religious leaders. They responded by raising up their voice together in prayer. And rather than be downcast and discouraged, they were back again, speaking the word with boldness (Acts 4:23-31)!

However, the fellowship you keep can either make or mar you in life. It’s been said, ‘show me your friends, and I will show you who you are’. Also, ‘Show me your friends, and I will show you your future’. How true! The Bible says, “He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed” (Prov. 13:20). You must, therefore choose your company carefully in the light of who you want to be and the kind of future you want for yourself.

vii. Prayerfulness

Shining in the midst of darkness requires being prayerful. It’s not just about praying every now and then, but praying always!

Satan is the ruler of darkness. He is the ‘god of this world’; and the Bible says, “We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one” (1 John 5:19 NLT). That is, we’re living in enemy territory. Jesus told His disciples that He was sending them as sheep among wolves (Matt. 10:16)! But thank God, we’ve been well equipped, so we don’t need to be afraid of the enemy. We are born of God and have overcome satan and the world; because Jesus has already overcome the world for us! To be able to stand against the wiles or strategies of the devil, we are told to “Put on the whole armor of God” (Eph. 6:11). And it seems like the armour goes hand in hand with praying, because it goes on to say, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Eph.6:18a).

Interestingly, again, Daniel is a good example to drive home the need to be prayerful. The Bible says that after the writing was signed, Daniel went home into his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, “he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days” (Daniel 6:10). Notice that it was his custom to pray; it wasn’t a knee-jerk reaction driven by fear or to make an impression on anyone. Of course, that would be a wrong time to do that- when he was facing a matter of life and death! I often say to people: you don’t try new tricks on the day of battle. David refused to go and fight Goliath in Saul’s armour; he said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them” (1 Sam. 17:39). That explains why some people have become casualties in the battles of life. They are like the sons of Sceva, who tried to cast out demons “by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” And “Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded” (Acts 19:13c-16).

We are told to be “faithful in prayer” (Rom. 12:12). Things aren’t just going to fall on you like ripe cherries; though Christ has already obtained for us all we would ever need in life, in the redemption He obtained for us through His blood. We have an enemy who will contest every ground with us. We’re told to fight the good fight of faith; we will still have to ‘take hold of’ what has already been given to us (1 Tim. 6:12)! The Kingdom of God still has to be taken by force even though it’s the Father’s pleasure to give it to us; because we’re fighting against “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12c).

Esther had to put up a fight. She hadn’t been invited to the king’s presence in thirty days and she faced a death penalty if she went in uninvited, EXCEPT the king held out the golden scepter to her. Esther accepted the challenge. She decided to go before the king to plead for her people, but only after three days of fasting! On the third day, dressed in royal robes, Esther went into the inner court, uninvited; and instead of her facing the wrath of the king, Esther found favour with him. He said to her, “What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you—up to half the kingdom!” (Est. 5:3).

Remember, “The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]” (Jas. 5:16 AMP).

viii. Make A Choice

In conclusion, it’s not only your responsibility to arise; it’s also a choice you would have to make. Mordecai presented Esther with a choice- to either remain completely silent at this time or to go speak to the king. He told her, “Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Est. 4:14). And she made the choice- a tough one; she said, “And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” (Est. 4:16c). But did you notice that she didn’t perish? The truth is, those who say ‘if I perish, I perish’, don’t perish! Remember the three Hebrew men? They were told to either bow to the image of gold or to burn in the fiery furnace. They refused to bow, yet they didn’t burn; rather they were delivered and promoted (Dan. 4:15-30)! Daniel chose not to defile himself with the king’s meat and wine (Dan. 1:8). He also chose to defy the king’s decree and went in to pray to God- not just once, but three times daily, as had been his practice. He was thrown into the lions’ den; but he was brought out unharmed, because God sent His angel to shut the lions’ mouths. As a result, king Darius honoured the ‘God of Daniel’ and Daniel also prospered during his reign (Daniel 6:10-30).

Also, know that whatever choice you make today, will not only affect you, but also generations coming after you – “ I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” ( Deut. 30:15c).

God bless you

Rev. Funke Ewuosho 

IT’S YOUR TIME TO SHINE!

Phew: what a year – 2020! We trust that we all, by the end of this eventful year, will be expressing a sigh of relief; as the Bible says, “the end of a matter, is better than its beginning” (Eccles. 7:8a).

There’s been no year like this in recent history. For most of us, the year started with so many promises and great expectations. It promised to be a year of DOUBLE: double blessings in favour, fruitfulness, finances, promotions, celebrations etc. And everything seemed to be going in that direction, until COVID-19 took the world by storm. What started far away in the backside of China, began to spread across the continents, to different parts of world! Then came the lockdowns that have crippled the global economy, affected lives and livelihoods, disrupted plans, and have drastically changed our lifestyles.

And all the negative experiences, and the gloomy projections, have also left some cynics saying, ‘how come nobody told us this would happen? We were only told it would be a year of double blessings!’ But there hasn’t been any time as this that God’s Word in the book of Isaiah, has been this relevant! It says, “Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you” (Isaiah 60:1-2). It seems to me that there’s a connection between the darkness that shall cover the earth, and the ‘shining’ of God’s people; because it takes darkness for light to shine. Light doesn’t shine in the light! Also, why would God tell us to arise, if we were not down and didn’t have reasons to be bowed down? The Amplified version of that verse says; “ARISE [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you–rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!”

The Bible says, “Light shines in the darkness for the godly” (Ps. 112:4 NLT). This is the set time for you to be favoured by the Lord; it’s your time to shine. “For the Lord will rebuild Zion and appear in his glory” (Ps. 102:13,16 NIV). This is the time for your horn (i.e. your strength) to be exalted with honour (Ps. 112:9); for God is the Glory and the Lifter of your head (Ps. 3:3).

Remember, it takes darkness for the light to shine! It took a famine in Egypt for Joseph to shine. Pharaoh sent for him in prison; “He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his possessions, to bind his princes at his pleasure, and teach his elders wisdom” (Ps. 105:21-22). Joseph told his brothers that God meant for good what they had meant for evil (Gen. 50:20); indeed, “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28 NLT).

The truth is that when there’s darkness on one side, there’s light on the other side – “the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you”. When the Egyptians were pursuing after the Israelites, the pillar of cloud came and stood between the two camps; “Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other,” (Ex. 14:19-20). Amazing – the same cloud that was darkness to one camp, gave light to the other! The Bible says, “When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up” (Job 22:29a KJV). Jesus was “destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel” (Luke 2:34b); it all depends on the side you’re on!

[Taken from the full article]

 

By Rev. Funke Ewuosho